Artist: Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Album/EP: If I Had The Strength
Just read the description from the press release for a quick second: “The track is one verse of a Russian prison ballad (in which a man vows to die with freedom in his heart) and one verse from a Ukrainian folk song (about a woman envying her brother’s new house) set to a Serbian trubaci song from the world renowned Guca festival and a siren-studded trap-funk breakdown.” Is that intriguing, or what?! The catchy eastern European romp devolves into a thick, dramatic ending that needs to be experienced at least once.
Artist: JD McPherson
Song: “Crying’s Just A Thing You Do”
Album/EP: Undivided Heart & Soul
A little bit of 50s rock-n-roll shuffle goes a long way in this offering from JD McPherson. The simplicity of the song really lets the lyricism shine, but don’t worry – a guitar solo thicker than a bowl of oatmeal keeps the song sonics swinging. Sprinkle in some brass and keys near the fade-out and you’ve basically got a big band!
Song: “Bringin’ It In”
Do you hear that bass?! Empires could be built on that tone alone. Torontonian weird-rockers Grounders bring all kind of off-beat tidbits into this track to sit on top of that legendary bass line, too: finicky guitar riffs, percussive oddities, and a thick slathering of reverb make this one groovy trip.
Song: “Hot Topic”
Album/EP: All Belief Is Paradise
How many motifs can you squeeze into 90 seconds? Fits manages three very solid examples: downplayed indie chill, distorted belt-out garage pop a la Jeff Rosenstock, and syncopated riffy grooves. All neatly packaged within a catchy 90 second smorgasbord.
Song: “UFO” feat ARY
The roaming bass is the undersung hero of this track, but really any bit is worth your attention in Coucheron’s taste of Norwegian pop. Impressively catchy while remaining uncluttered, “UFO” truly feels unfastened to the Earth’s confines. Fly high, you quirky catchy star.
Song: “Linear Time”
Part riff-heavy grunge and part upbeat melodic psych-rock, this tune from South Australian brothers Andrew and Duncan Sellars houses plenty of promise for the duo. Patient in its development, “Linear Time” is simultaneously well-paced and driving, with just enough of a hypnotic element to lose yourself in the verses before being whipped into shape by the chorus.